Fresh and healthy spring vegetable gnocchi

Fresh and healthy spring vegetable gnocchi
The perfect fresh spring meal. Source: Getty

It’s the time of year that most people are avoiding overly heavy, creamy, pasta dishes in favour of salads and other lighter dishes. However, that doesn’t mean a dish can’t be fresh, healthy AND satisfying. 

This fresh and healthy spring vegetable gnocchi combines the fresh flavours of some delicious seasonal veggies with gnocchi in a scrumptious light, creamy sauce. It’s just the thing to serve up if you’re hosting friends or family for dinner, or if you’re only cooking for one. 

The end result is a restaurant quality meal which is surprisingly quick and easy to make. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1 package gnocchi 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 1 cup spring peas, thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Red pepper flakes, for garnish
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Method

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Add shallots and pinch of salt and pepper, cooking for 2-3 minutes until shallots are tender. Add the asparagus and cook for 8-10 minutes until asparagus is fork tender.
  3. Add peas, cherry tomatoes, and cooked gnocchi, cooking for a further 2-3 minutes until peas and tomatoes are heated through.
  4. Remove from heat and stir through parmesan cheese, cream and lemon juice. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes to garnish.

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